August 26 | 11:30 am - 10:00 pm

Additional Information

18th Annual Irish Hooley Music Festival

Presented by Family Beer & Liquor McGrath Chevrolet of Dubuque McGrath Volkswagen of Dubuque McGrath Hyundai of Dubuque and Langworthy Dental Group
Saturday, August 26.  Gates open at 11:30 am
Dubuque Star Brewery, Alliant Amphitheater - Port of Dubuque
Food - Drink & Music!
  • Headliner - JigJam
    • ‘Foot stomping’, high energy’ and lots of badass is what you’re in for when you see this musical powerhouse live in concert.  Described as ‘The best Irish band in bluegrass’ and ‘sparkling, infectious’ these lads have been hailed as ‘Ireland’s answer to New Grass Revival’ Bluegrass has it’s roots in Irish music and Irish immigration. iGrass and JigJam is what happens when the Irish find their prodigal son.
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  • Boxing Banjo
    • Ireland’s Boxing Banjo has amassed more than 20 Irish championship titles and 4 World bodhrán titles making its four members some of the most well respected in the country.  Boxing Banjo’s music combines a range of instruments including the button accordion, tenor banjo, guitar, fiddle, and bodhrán, and features the group’s strong vocal arrangements.
  • Ballyheigue
  • The Lads
  • Ian Gould
  • Dubuque Fire Pipes and Drums
    • Fire Pipe and drum band created in July 2009 by public servants from the fire, police & 911 dispatch services
  • McNulty School of Irish Dance
    • The McNulty School of Irish Dance was founded by Barbara McNulty T.C.R.G. in 1971 in Naperville, Illinois.   The School currently offers classes in 6 locations in Northern Illinois as well as Iowa and Wisconsin. The McNulty School offers classes for all ages and experience levels.  All students have the opportunity to perform and compete.  Dancers begin learning in the Irish soft dance shoes, and then progress to heavy shoe dances over time.  Students will enjoy learning both solo and team dances.
Buy tickets in Advance for only $12 at these locations:

Shamrock Imports

Happy's Place
Premier Bank Locations
Family Beer and Liquor
Tickets also available at the gate for $15 the day of the Hooley.
The mission of the Irish Hooley is to promote Irish/Celtic music and culture in Dubuque.. For generations, the highlight of Irish social life was the Hooley with music, dance, song, good conversation and merriment.
What to Bring

The Irish Hooley Music Festival is held within the friendly confines of a City of Dubuque Park.
All City Of Dubuque Park System rules are enforced during our festival.
To ensure the best possible experience for all, please act responsibly, have a designated driver and observe the following:
  • No Alcohol Allowed to leave the Designated Festival Grounds
  • No Bikes, Skateboards, Scooters
  • No Boom Boxes, Noise Makers, Megaphones
  • No Carry-Ins (Coolers, Bottles, Cans, Food, etc.)
  • No Drugs
  • No Fireworks, Flammables, Explosives, Grills, etc.
  • No Obscene or Vulgar Clothing is Allowed
  • No Pets (Except Service Animals)
  • No Soliciting, Signs or Leafletting
  • No Smoking (Except in Designated Areas)
  • No Weapons
  • No Whining
Please Bring:
Hats, Jackets, Small Purses or Bags, Sunscreen, Small Umbrellas, Blankets, Smiles.

The Irish Hooley Gives Back!
Thanks to the support from all of you, Research for the Kids raised $344,110.22 for the kids this year! The Irish Hooley contributed to this great cause and donated $10,000 to the kids for 2022. ☘